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Korea’s Top 10 Highest Paid K-Drama Actors for 2021

Kim Soo-Hyun by Moonlight_iu@twitter via Wikipedia CC

Top 10 highest paid Korean actors [2021]

Korean Dramas have been successful for several years and now gaining more popularity on different streaming platforms such as Netflix due to their high-quality films and interesting storyline. With this said, well-performing and admired K-drama actors are reaching the peaks of their careers and getting the highest pays.

For K-drama lovers, check out the list below to see if your Oppa made it to Korea’s top 10 highest-paid K-drama actors for 2021.

Kim Soo-Hyun – $600,000 per episode

Kim Soo-Hyun by Moonlight_iu@twitter via Wikipedia CC
Kim Soo-Hyun by Moonlight_iu@twitter via Wikipedia CC

Kim Soo-Hyun is crowned as the King of Commercials in South Korea and one of the most popular K-drama actors with the highest pay. His career started boosting when he starred in the K-drama Dream High in the year 2011 and become even more famous for starring in the Moon Embracing the Sun, My Love from the Star, and Netflix K-Drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.

Hyun Bin – $113,000 per episode

Hyun Bin photo via Wikipedia CC
Hyun Bin photo via Wikipedia CC

Ranking as the 2nd highest-paid K-drama actor, Hyun Bin was known internationally for starring on the Netflix hit series Crash Landing on You back in 2020. He gained popularity when he starred in the K-drama Secret Garden and starred in several K-drama films such as The Negotiation, Memories of the Alhambra, and Confidential Assignment.

So Ji-Sub – $89,800 per episode.

So Ji-sub by Kinocine via Wikipedia CC
So Ji-sub By Kinocine at Korean Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,  CC

So Ji Sub is one of the highest-paid and hardworking K-drama actors today. He started his career as a jeans model and later become a popular K-drama actor after his success in starring in the K-drama I’m Sorry, I love You, What Happened in Bali, and Battleship Island.

Jo In Sung – $89,800 per episode

Jo In-sung
Jo In-sung

Jo In Sung started his career as a model for a Korean clothing brand Ziozia in 1998 and gained popularity for casting in several K-drama series and films. He was known for the lead role in the K-drama series What Happened in Bali, starring in The Classic, That Winter, and awarded as one of the best actors in the Good Battle.

Lee Min-Ho – $84,000 per episode

Lee Min-Ho
Lee Min-Ho

Lee Min-Ho is a famous K-drama actor popular in whole Asia and worldwide. He started his K-drama career in 2003 and became popular after playing as the lead actor in Boys Over Flowers in 2009. He also starred in the hit K-drama Series Legend of the Blue Sea, City Hunter, and The King: Eternal Monarch. Today, Lee Min-Ho is the most followed Korean star on Instagram, with over 23.3 million followers.

Lee Seung Gi – $ 59,000 per episode

Lee Seung Gi
Lee Seung Gi

Ranking as the 6th highest paid K-drama actor; Lee Seung Gi started his career as a singer when he was 17 years old. The multitalented K-drama actor is also a singer, host, and entertainer. He was known for starring in K-drama Brilliant, Legacy, Korean Odyssey, and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and starred in Vagabond in 2019.

Yoo Ah In – $ 59,000 per episode

Yoo Ah In photo via Wikipedia CC
Yoo Ah In photo via Wikipedia CC

One of the most versatile and in-demand K-drama actors as of today is Yoo Ah In. He gained popularity for starring in the K-drama Sungkyungkwan Scandal and become internationally popular for starring in the award-winning film Burning. Yoo Ah also starred in several K-drama such as The Throne, Secret Love Affair and awarded as the best leading actor.

Song Joong Ki – $ 52,000 per episode

Song Joong-ki
Song Joong-ki

Another internationally known K-drama actor, Song Joong Ki, has gained worldwide fans for his undeniable charm after starring in the hit K-drama Descendants of the Sun. After starring in the K-drama Sungkyungkwan Scandal, his career kicked off, and he became more popular for joining the Running Man, a Korean variety show.

Lee Jong Suk – $ 50,000 per episode

Lee Jong Suk
Lee Jong Suk

He started his career as a model in 2005; Lee Jong Suk is the youngest male model to join the Seoul Fashion week and a well-loved Korean actor. Some of his famous K-drama castings are Doctor Stanger, Pinocchio, I can hear your voice, and Two Worlds Apart.

Ji Chang Wook – $ 42,000 per episode

Ji Chang Wook
Ji Chang Wook

Ranked as the 10th highest-paid K-drama actor, Ji Chang Wook is another multitalented and versatile Korean star. Considered one of the prettiest smiles in the industry, Ji Chang Wook is the youngest actor and singer who has performed in different K-drama roles, from historical dramas to thriller series. His famous works are Smile Again, The Healer, and Empress Ki.

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References

  • Upadhyay, (2021), Top 10 highest paid Korean Actors in 2021, India Shorts
  • Mary, (2021), Top 10 Highest Paid Korean Actors 2021, Fakoa
  • (2021), Richest Kdrama Actors – Highest-Paid Actors in Korean Dramas, Seoul Space

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